We all have a refrigerator in our home to keep our food and drinks cold. So, does this mean a fridge is fine for storing our wine? If you answered yes to the question, I’m afraid you have been misled.
Whilst a fridge may be a temporary solution for chilling a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne for a dinner party, a fridge is not the right place to store your wine for serving, even more so when it comes to long term storage, especially of premium vintages. Generally, the fridge temperature is 4°C or below which is colder than recommended storage and serving temperatures of white or red wine.
In the 1980s Liebherr used their sound knowledge of refrigeration to expand their range to include wine cellars. An appliance specifically designed and manufactured to house wine for both serving and storage.
What makes Liebherr wine cellars different from a fridge?
There are five principal points; Constant Temperature, Ideal Humidity, Perfect Air Quality, Vibration-Free and UV Protection.
Constant Temperature Liebherr wine cellars maintain precise temperatures between 5°C to 20°C. Minimising the temperature variance is most important when it comes to long term storage to ensure wine is matures correctly.
Ideal Humidity Liebherr wine cellars guarantee ideal conditions for the suppleness of the cork and the prevention of oxidization, with ideal humidity between 50% – 80% depending on ambient humidity.
Perfect Air Quality Every zone within a Liebherr wine cellar has an activated charcoal filter to assist in maintaining perfect air quality which is vital for preserving and maturing wine. The natural untreated beech wood shelves mean no extra chemicals are introduced into the environment which can impede the wines maturation process. Perfect air quality also reduces the instance of mould on corks and labels being stored long term.
Vibration Free To prevent wine from being disturbed all compressors are mounted on isolation blocks designed to absorb any vibration.
UV Protection Whilst selected models feature solid doors, all Liebherr glass door wine cellars are tinted and double glazed to prevent harmful ultraviolet rays causing discolouration to labels and unwanted reactions to your wine.
Recommended Storage and Serving Temperatures
– 5°C to 7°C: Champagne and Sparkling Wine.
– 8°C to 10°C: White Wine.
– 11°C: Storage of all Wine Varieties.
– 11°C to 13°C: Rose and Dessert Wine.
– 14°C to 18°C: Red Wine.
If you do not already own a wine cellar but you have a considerable investment in wine or simply a passion for collecting and consuming, perhaps it’s time you asked yourself why not? If you’re not storing your wine correctly, you might be disappointed when you open that next precious drop. We can guarantee you will not be disappointed if it’s been stored in a Liebherr wine cellar.